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ESTABLISHED IN 18
SOME HOT STUFF
Teddy Brands Two Prominet Ed
itcs as Mendacious Liars.
PANAMA CANAL ?EAL
?ar
Makes Roosevelt Very Mad, and He
Hands Around the Lie Right and
Left But He Does Not Throw Any
Light on the Matter Under Dis
i
cussion.'
v White House,
Washington, Dec. 1, 1908.
My Dear Mr. Foulke: I have re
ceived your letter of the 29th ultimo
and have read it In connection with'
your previous letters j enclosing
quotations from the Indianapolis
News, a paper edited by Mr. Delavan
Smith. The News states in one; of
its issues that probably some of the
documents dealing with the matter
have been destroyed. This is false.
Not one has been destroyed. It
states that the last documents were
sent over -in June of this year, the
object of this particular falsehood'
being, apparently, to connect the
matter in some way with the nomi
nation of Mr. Taft. As a matter of
fact, the last papers that we have
received of any kind were sent over
to us in May of 1904, and they have
been accessible to every human be
ing who cared to look at them ever
since, and are accesslb e now. *
t * You quote the New3 as stating
that "the people have no official
knowledge concerning the Panama
Canal dear." The fact is that the
people have had the most minute"
official knowledge; that every im
portant step fn the transaction and
every important document have been
made public in communications to
Congress and through the daily
press, and the whole matter has been
threshed over in all its details agaiu
and again and again. * ? *
The fact has been officially pub
lished again and again that the
Government paid $40,000,000,000,
and that it paid this $40,000,000 di
rect to the French Government, get
ting the receipts of the liquidator
appointed by the French Government
to receive the same. The ? United
States Government has not the
S ^lightest knowledge as to the partic
ular individuals among whom the
French Government distributed the
sum. This was the business of the
'French Government. The mere sup
position that any American received
from the French Government a
"rake off" is too, absurd to be dis
cussed, i .
It is an abominable falsehood, and
it is a slander, not against the Amer
ican Government, but against the
French Government. * * * ?
The President's brother-in-law was
involved in no scandal. iur. Dela
van Smith and the other people who
repeated this falsehood lied about
the President's brother-in-law; but
why the fact that Mr. Smith lied
should be held to involve Mr.. Robin
son in a "scandal" is difficult to
understand. The scandal affects no
one but Mr. Smith; and his conduct
has been not merely scandalous, but
Infamous. Mr. Robinson had not the
slightest connection of any kind, sort
or description at any time or under
any circumstances with the Panama
matter. Neither did Charles Taft. *
? * " ?
So far as I know there was no
syndicate; there certainly was no
syndicate in the United States that
to my knowledge had any dealings
with the Government direct'y or
indirectly; and, in.ismuch as there
was no syndicate, Mr. Taft naturail"
could not be1 ing to it. The Newa
demands that Mr. Taft appeal to
the evidence bv v-hlch it means
what it calls "the records." * * *
All of these documents that pos
sessed any importance as illustrat
ing any feature of the transactions
have already been made public
There remains a great mass of docu
ments of llt'.le or no importance
which the Administration is entire
ly willing to have published, but
which because of their mass and
pointlessness, nobody ha-j ovor cared
to publish. Any reputable man can
have full access to these docu
ments.
Mr. Delavan Smith Is a conspicu
ous offender against the laws of
hoTes'y and trut ifulu"rs, but he
does not stand alone. He occupies,
for Instance, the same evil eminence
with such men as Mr. Laffan, of the
New i*r>rk Sun, editotia's of whose
paper you or others have from time
to time called to my attention, just
as you have called to my attention
these editorials of the Indianapolis
News. Of the editorials thus sent
me there is hardly one which does
not contain some wilful perversion
of the truth.
{Mr. Roosevelt quotes for an ex
ample his re ten? statement in reply
to a New York Sun storv. entitled
"Roosevelt and Prarie Oil," and t^en
continues:)
The fact is that these particular
newspapers habitua'ly and continu
ally and as a matter of business
practice every form of mendacity
known to man from the suppression
of the truth and the suggestion of
the false to the He direct. Those
v.-ho write or procure others to write
th.^se articles a-e engaged In tb?
practice of mendacity for hire, and
Burely there can be no lower form of
gaining a livelihood. Whether the/
69.
TOO BIG A LIAR
FOB HIM TO TACKLE SAYS ED
ITOR LAFFAN,
Who, In Dignified but Scorching
Words, Roasts Roosevelt, Refusing
to Bandy Epithets With Him.
Mr. L'lffan replies to the Presi
dent's letter as follows:
"The editor of the Sun present*
his compliments to Mr. Roosevelt
and acknowledges his active sensi
bility in respect of the attention
which Mr. Roosevelt has been good
enough to pay him in his letter to
the Hon. Willam Dudley Foulke, of
Indiana. /
"Notwithstanding the directness
of this challenge, the editor of the
Sun. declines a controversy with Mr.
Roosevel .. He is by no means in
different tc the Implied compliment
discernible in Mr. Roosevelt's tirade,
but Mr. Roosevelt has1 shown in his
frequent, collusions with various per
sons of distinction that he has an
Overwhelming advantage over any
respectable antagonist in his,- Mr.
Roosevelt's complete freedom from
any sense of personal obligation in
respect of trie truth. -~e editor of
the Sun is fully alive to the extremi
ty'of the inconvenience which at
taches to a personal controversy with
a man who has shown himself can
able of suppression and perversion
i of individual correspondence, an act
which, in ordinary life, would, in
the cognizance of any club or asso
ciation oi self-respecting gentlemen,
entail his prompt erpulsion.
"In saying these thlrajs we can
not disguise our chagrin and humil
iation that the person wro Is ad
dressed is also the President of th .
United States.
"It Is curious that the Mr. Foulke
is a preferred repository of these
confidences of the President. It was
to him that Mr. Roosevelt sent his
memorable letter denying that he
was using the Federal patronage to
aid Mr. Taft's candidacy, a letter
which at once took Its place among'
the most valued incunabula of ve
ractiy." -
WOLVES IN DEATH COMBAT.
Piece of Meat Causes Conflict at
the Bronx Zoo.
New York, Dec. 7.?Hundreds of
! visitors to the Bronx zoo yesterday
saw two gray wolves fight for twenty
minutes after clashing over a piece
of meat.
Despite the efforts of the keepers,
who turned the hose on them, the
animals continued, to battle until
one of them was so bady injured that
it was necessary to administer chlo
romorm to end its sufferings.
One of its legs had been bitten
off as clean as if severed by a keen
knife. The other wolfe was badly
mangled but may be saved.
are paid by outsiders to say what is
fals?, or whether profit cdmes from
the circulation of the falsehoods, is
a matter of small consequence. It
is utterly impossible to attempt to
answer all of their falsehoods.
When any given falsehood is exposed
they simply repeat it and' circulate
another. If they were mistaken in
the facts, if they possessed in their
make-up any shred of henesty, it
would be worth while to set them
right. But there is no question a:
all 3i: to any "mistake" or "mis
understanding" on their parL They
state what they either know to .e
untrue ' or could by /the slightest
Inquiry find out to be untrue. *
Ordinarily I do not and cannot
pay heed to these falsehoods. If I
did I would not be able to do my
work. My plan has been to go ahead
and do the work and to let these
people and those like them yell; and
then to trust with abaidlng confi
dence to the good sense of the
American people in the assured con
viction that the yells will die out.
the falsehoods be forgotten and the
work remain. ? * *
Tl.ore is no higher and more hon
orable calling than that of the men
connected with an upright, fearless
and truthful newspaper, no calling
in which a man can render greater
serv-;e to his fello countryman. The
best and ablest editors and writers
in the daily press render a service to
the community which can hardly be
paralleled by the service rendered by
the best and ablest of the men in the
public life or of this proposition is
also true. The most corrupt finan
ciers, the most corrupt politicians,
are no greater menace to this coun
[ try than the newspaper men of the
type I have above discussed. Wheth
er they belong to the yellow press
or to the purchjasjed press, what
ever may be the stimulating cause
of their slanderous mendacity, and
whatever the cloak it may wear, mat
te.s but little. In any event they
represent one of the potent forces
for evil in the community.
Yours verv truly,
Theodore Roosevelt.
Win. Dudley Foulke. Richmond, Ind
Took His Own Life.
St. Louis. Dec. 7.?Charles A.
Eckstromer. Swedish vice counsel in
St. Louis, committed suicide today.
Eckstromer came into public notice
some time ago through a controversy
with Federal officials which resulted
in the revocation of his exequatur
by President Roosevelt. Later he
was reinstated and resumed his of
ficial duties.
Wimm
OKANGBBUBi
PANAMA INVESTIGATION.
Democrats Want Inquiry Into That
$40,000,000 Purchase.
Washington, Dec. 7.-?Democrats
of the House are planning to demand
an investigation of the purchase of
the Panama canal property and i?i
conformity with this program Rep
resentative Rainey, of Illinois, in
troduced a resolution directing the
Speaker to appoint a committee of
five to 'ascertain how much of the
$40,000,000 which appeals on the
record to have ben paid to the
French company, was really paid to
that company."
It is said that the National,-.Dem
ocratic committee requested Rainey
to present the resolution, which.
provides that the committee shall
ascertain if any portion of the $40,
000,000 was directly or indirectly
paid to American citizens, to an
American syndicate^ and if any
member, or Senator, profited by the
transaction.
GOVERNMENT DYKES BREAK.
Five Dwellings and Lumber Plant
Are Swept Away.
Pine Bluff, Ark.. Dec. 7.?The
government dyke at the foot of
Tennessee street, gave way late to
day and tonight the waters of the
Arkansas river are fast eating their
way toward the mouth of Hardings
Bayou which crosses the city. To
day five dwelling houses and the
warehouse of the Arkansas Packet
Company, were swept away and the
greater portion of the Candy Hard
wood mill was destroyed. Bar
racque street for a distance of five
blocks east of Georgia street has
been completely destroyed and the
buildings on the south side of tb?
street are being moved back as rap
idly as possible, with the Fater fol
lowing closely in the wake of the
workmen.
GREAT WATER MAIN BREAKS.
Traffic Blocked at Brooklyn Until
Hole is Bridged.
New York, Dec. 7.?A good sized
area in Brooklyn in the vicinity of
Washington and Johnson streets was
stiill wet today after last nighjt's
deluge, caused by the breaking of
a twenty-four-inch high pressure wa
ter main.
With a roar that could be heard
for blocks the water shot upward for
twenty feet, sending with It a shower
of paving stones, sprinkling every
body within fifty yeards. Traffic
was blocked until a hole in the
street ten feet square was bridged.
Police reserves and an emergency
crew from the water department
were called out to hold the crowd
in check and prevent a panic. No
one was injured.
DROWNED IN POTOMAC.
Young Men Go to Death in Trying to
Shoot the Rapids.
Washington, Dec. 6.?Joseph H.
Panter, aged 30, a boaanist in the
National museum, and his compan
ion, Robert Wallace, aged 16, were
drowned today while trying to shoot
the rapids at Stubblefield falls, in
the Potomac river, about 10 miles
north of the city. The bodies have
not been recovered.
The young men were on a fishing
trip in a small canoe, which over
turned In midstream with them, duo
to striking a rock. Both were resi
dents of this city.
STEAMER RESCUED.
Lost Her Propeller at Sea, Towed
Into Port.
Halifax, N. S., Lec. 7.?The
steamer Valentia arrived in port to
day towing the oil tank steamer
Oriflamme, which had been picked
up disabled at sea. The Valentia,
laden with cotton, was bound from
Wilmington, N. C, for Bremen, and
the Oriflamme, with a carge of oil,
was bound from Philadelphia for
Cette, France. The Oriflamme lost
her propeller and was helplessly
adrift when she was sighted by the
Valentia, which answered her sig
nals and went to her 'assistance.
Commits Suicide.
New York, Dec. 7.?Leaving two
letters, In one of which he said he
had "suffered more than anybody
in the world," Louis Evans, of
Brooklyn, a youth of nineteen years,
shot and instantly killed himself in
a hospital where he was undergoing
treatment for tuberculosis.
Explosion in Magazine.
Calcutta, Dec. 7.?An explosion at
at military station, where men were
engaged in iconverting iball cart
ridges into blanks resulted in the
killing of eleven men and wounding
of twenty-six others. The casual
ties were all among native soldiers.
Killed in Runuway.
Odersdale, Ga., Dec. 8.?Mrs. Ben
Dillard was thrown from a buggy in
which she and her sister, Mrs. Neal
Harnian were riding. She was in
jured in the head and died without
regaining consciousness.
Best Man Hangs Self.
Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. S.?After
acting as best man at the wedding of
a young woman he had himself
'long wooed in vain, Edward Thomas
, went home and hanged himself with
[ a strap.
S? S. C FRIDAY, JDECE
TAFT'S PLEA
For White Republican Party in
the South.
CAN SEE NO DANGER
Of Negro Domination, and Says Race
Problem is Eliminated Politically.
He Asserts That This Section's
Interests Are No Longer' Bound
Up in Democracy.
New York, Dec. 7.?President
elect William H. Taft, who came to
New York today to address the
North Carolina society of this city,
was given a tumultous reception to
night by the members of the organ
ization and prominent men from ail
parts of the South at the annual din
ner of the North Carolinans at the
Hotel Astor. Five hundred members
and guests of the society filled the
brilliantly decorated banquet hall,
which was redolent of the pines of
the resinous trees forming the back
ground for more fragrant blooms,
which were scattered everywhere ov
er s,'nowy linens and flag-draped
walle. Intertwined ensigns of the
State and "nation were conspicuous
in the decorations of the banquet
hall, and larger flags were displayed
in front of the hotel throughout the
day and evening.
Mr. Talft, in the course of an
address, which was confined entire
ly to the South and Its problems
urged again that the voters of the
South should break away from the
outlived sentiment and traditions
of their past political affiliations and
cast their ballots in accordance
rather with "their economic and real
political beliefs:
Mr. Taft declared that nothing
would give him greater pride during
his coming term in the chief execu
tive office than so to direct the policy
of the national government with re
spect to the Southern ;States as to
convince the Intelligent citizens of
the South of the desire of his ad
minstraton to aid them in working
out satisfactorily the serious prob
lems before them and of bringing
them and their Northern fellow citi-|
zens closer and closer in sympathy
and poina. of view.
White Supremacy Assured.
"I am 'not going to 'rehears the
painful history of Reconstruction or
what followed it. I come at once
to the present condition of things,
stated from a constitutional and po
litical standpoint. And that is this:
That in all Southern States, it is
possible, by election laws prescribing
proper qualifications for the suff
rage, which square with the 15th
amendment and which shall b*
equally administered as between the
black and white races, to prevent
entirely the possibility of a domina
tion of Southern State, county or
municipality governments by an ig
norant electorate, white or black.
It Is also true that the sooner such
laws when adopted are applied with
exact equality and justice to the
two races the better for the moral
tone of the State and community
concerned. Negroes should be given
an opportunity equally with whites
by education and thrift to meet the
requirements of eligibility which
shall lay down in order to secure
the safe exercise of the electoral
franchise. The negro should tak
for nothing other than an equai
chance to qualify himself for the
franchise and when that is granted
by law and not denied by executive
discrimination, he has nothing to
complain of.
"The proposal to repeal the 15th
amendment is utterly impracticable
and should be relegated to the limbo
of forgotten issues. What we are
considering is something practical
something that means attainable
progress. It seems to me to follow,
therefore, that there is or ought to
be a common ground upon which we
can all stand in respect to the rac
question in the South and its po
litical bearing that takes away any
justification for maintaining the con
tinued solidity of the South to pre
vent the so-called negro domination
The fear that in some way or other
a social equality between the races
Bhall be enforced by law or brought
about by political measures reallv
has no foundation except in the im
agination of those who fear such a
result. The federal government has
nothing to do with social equality.
The war amendments do not declare
in favor of social equality; all that
the law or constitution attempts to
secure is equality of opportunity be
fore the law and in the pursuit of
happiness and in the enjoyment of
life, liberty and prosperity. Social
equality is something that growe out
of voluntary concessions by the In
dividuals forming society.
Reasons of Sentiment."
With the elimination of the race
question can we say that there ar?
removed all the reasons why the
people of the South are reluctant
to give up their political solidity
and divide themselves on party lines
in accordance with their economic
and political views? No, there are
other reasons; perhaps only reasons
of sentiment, but with the Southern
people, who are a high strung, sen
stive and outspoken people, consid
erations of sentiment are frequently
quite as strong as those of some
political or economic character.
In the first place, it Is now nearly
40 years since the South acquired
MB ER II, 1908.
its political solidity and the inten
sity of feeling by which it was main
tained and the ostracism and social
proscription Imposed on those white
Southerners who did not sympathize
with the necessity for such solidity
could not but make lasting impres
sion and create a permanent bias
that would naturally outlast the rea
son for its original existance."
Mr. Taft reiterred to the trials
of the Reconstruction period which
accentuated the greater trial of the
past, and the slow returns of pros
perity to the South folloging the
civil strife, as further agencies that
help to keep alive the feeling en
gendered by that controversy, and
continued:
But times change and men change
with them in any community, how
ever fixed, its thoughts or habits,
and many circumstances have blessed
us with thier influence in this mat
ter. The growth of the. South since
1900 has been marvelous. The man
ufacturing capital in 1880 was $150,
000,000; in 1890, $650,000,000; in
1900, $1,150,000,000, and in 1908,
$2,100,000,000, while the values of
the manufacturers increased from
$450.000,300 in 1880, to $900,000.
000 in 1890, to $1,450,000,000 in
1900, and to $2,600,000.000 in 190S.
"The farm products in 1880 were
$660,000,000; in 1890, $770,000,
000; in 1900, $1,270,000,000, and
1908, $2,200,000,000. The exports
from the South in 1880 were $260,
000,000 of dollars; in 189.0, $306,
000,000; in 1900, $484,000,000, and
in 1908, $648,000,000.
"In this marvelous growth the
manufacturers of the South now ex
ceed the agricultural products and
thus a complete change has come
over the character of her industries.
The South has become rich, and only
the surface of her wealth has been
scratched. Her growth has exceeded
that of the rest of the country, and
she Is now In every way sharing in
Its prosperity.
State Rights and Democracy.
"Again, the Democratic party has
not preserved inviolate its traditional
doctrines as to State rights and oth
er issues and has for the time adopt
ed new doctrines of possibily doubt
ful economic truth and wisdom.
Southern men adhering to the party
and the name find themselves,
through the influence of tratdition
and the fear of a restoration of con
ditions which are now impossible,
supporting a platform and candi
date whose political and economic
theories they distrust. Under these
conditions there was In the last
campaign and there is throughout
the South among many of Its most
Intelligent citizens an impatience, n
nervousness and a restlessness1 la
voting for one ticket and rejoicing in
the success of another.
"Now '.[ am not one of those who
are disposed to criticise or empha
size the inconsistency of the position
in which these gentlemen find them
selves. I believe it would be wise
if ali who sympathize with one party
and Its principles were to vote its
ticket, but I can readily understand
the weight and inertia of the tra
dition and the social considerations
that makes them hesitate. I be
lieve that, the movement away from
from political solidity has started
and ought to be encouraged and I
think one way to encourage It Is to
have the South understand that the
attitude of the North and the Re
publican party toward it is not one
of hostility or criticism or opposit
ion, political or otherwise; that they
believe in the .maintenance of the
15th amendment, but that, as al
ready explained, they do not deem
that amendment to be inconsistent
with the South's obtaining and main
taining what it regards as its polit
ical safety from domination of an
ignorant electorate; that the North
yearns, for closer association with the
South; that its citizens deprecate
that reserve on the subject of poli
tics which so long has been main
tained ia the otherwise delightful
social relation? between Southerners
and Northerners as they are more
and more frequently thrown togeth
er.
"In welcoming to a change of
party affiliation many Southerners
who have been Democrats ve are
brought face to face with a delicate
situation which we can only meet
with frankness and justice. In our
anxu'ety to bring the Democratic
Southerners into new political rela
tions we should have and can have
no desire to pass by or ignore the
comparatively few white Southern
ers who from principle has consist
ently stood for our principles in the
South when it brought them social
ostracism and a loss of all prestage.
Nor can we sympathize with an effort
to exclude from the support of Re
publicanism in the South or to read
out of the party those colored voters
who by their education and thrift
have made themselves eligible to ex
ercise the electoral franchise.
Matters of Education.
"We believe that the solution of
the race question in the South is
largely a matter of industrial and
thorough education. Some South
?-ners who have ui'ui exp; ssion to
their thoughts seem, to thing that
the only solution <>l the ne?-i qm s
t'on Li his migration 'o Africa: hut
to me such a proposition is utterly
fatuous. The negro is essential to
the South in order that it may have
proper labor. Th<dr ancestors wer.'
brought here against their will.
They have no country bet this.
They know no flag but ours. They
wish to live under it and are wil
ling to die for it. They ar? Ameri
cans. The proposition to increase
the supply of labor In the South by
errig'^ation from Europe, is seems to
me, Instead of being immical to Mio
cause of the negro, will aid him. As
PRAISES THE SOUTH
DISTINGUISHED ENGLISHMAN
SPEAKS OP THIS SECTION..
Says South Has Made Great Ad
vancement and Has a Glorious
Future.
Washington, Dec. 8.?Expressing
the conviction that a great future
is about to dawn upon the South,
Jas. Bryce, the British ambassador,
today received a notable reception
from the delegates in attendance up
on the Southern Commercial Con
gress, following a speech in which
he declared he is a well-wisher of
the South.
The ambassador was the centre o?
attraction, although his visit wa.i
unexpected. Mr. Bryce came into
the hall simply as a spectator, but
the audience soon noted his presence,
and immediately shouts of "speech,
speech," filled the rdr. and he was.
compelled to yield to the desire of
the Congress.
"Since I came here eighteen
months ago," said Mr. Bryce, "I have
twice visited the South. I can hard
ly express to you the contrast be
tween what I personally witnessed
27 years ago and the present con
ditions. Wherever I have been in
the South I have been struck by
signs of activity, progress and de
velopment. I see the land being
brought more and more into culti
vation; more and more being don*
for the agricultural methods. I saw
the resources of your soil, of coal
and iron, being brought to light and
I saw a new spirit in the South which
desires to make educational progress
commensurate with material devel
opment."
The ambassador! pointed^out the
enormous difficulties with w,hich the.
South has h adto contend since the
civil war. "Now, however," he con
tinued, "there is a gread door open
before you, and as one of the well
wishers of the South, who believes
in its greatness as a flourishing and
important part of the country, ven
ture to congratulate you on what is
being done and to say that still
greater prospects are before you."
MAIL CARRIER HURT.
Thrown From His Buggy and Per
hap^?Fatally^ Injured, g
Spartanbirrg, Dec. 7.?Jesse L.
Wood, a well known.letter carrier,
was thrown from his buggy early
Sunday morning and seriously in
jured. The horse Mr. Wood wa?
driving took fright on east Main
street, just in front of the Fir.it
Presbyterian church. He was
thrown violently to the sidewalk and
knocked unconscious. When taken
to his home it was discovered that
three of his ribs had been broken
and one of his shoulders terribly in
jured. He is threatened with pneu
monia, which makes his condition
trebly worse.?The State.
the industries of the South continue*
to grow in the marvelous ratio al
ready a.viwn the demand for labor
must increase.
"Primarily an industrial educa
tion for the masses, higher educa
tion for the leaders of the negro
race, for their professional men,
their clergymen, their physicians,
their lawyers and their teachers, will
make up a system under which their
improvement, which statist'es show
to have been most noteworthy in
the iast 40 years, will continue at
the same rate.
"On the whole, then, the be.-t
public r-mnion of the North and tho
best public opinion of the South
seems to be coming together in re
spect to all the economic and politi
cal Questions growing out of pres
ent race conditions.
"The recent election has made it
probable that I shall become more
or less responsible for the policy of
the next presidential administration
and I improve this opportunity to
say that nothing will give me greater
pride, because nothing will give me
more claim to the gratitude of mv
fellow citizens, if I could so direct
that policy in respect to the South
ern States as to convince their in
telligent citizens of the desire of th?
administration to aid th^ra in work
ing out satisfactorily the seriomj
problems before them and of bring
ing them and their Northern fellow
citizens closer and closer in sympa
they and point of view. During the
last decade, in common with lovers
of our country. I have watched with
delight and thanksgiving the bond
of union between the two sections
grow firmer. I pray that it may be
given to me to strengthen this move
ment, to obliterate all sectional linos
and leave nthing of differences be
tween the North and South save a
friendly emulation for the benefit of
our common country."
Called "Holly Rollers."
Oklahoma City. Okla.. Dec. 8.?
James Sharp, styling himself '"Elijah
II.*' nl the head of a party of re
ligious fanatics calling themselves
"Holly Rollers." first appeared in
Oklahoma City in March. 100."..
Sharp, his wife, a young man named
Green and a boy said to have been
Sharp's son, all nude, headed a
procession of their followers one
cold day in March, 1905, and a*:
tempted to parade the town. They
were arrested, but allowed to go
on condition that Lhey would leave
the city.
$1.60 PER ANNUM.
A FATAL FIGHT
Religious Fanatics Precipitate a
Row in Kansas City.
ONE HUNDRED SHOTS
Fired in Riot in Which Party of
Fanatics, Let by "Adam God," and
Several Policemen Engage, Re
-
salting in Three Deaths and Prob
ably Four Fatal Injuries.
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 8.?In the
shadow of the City Hall a riot In
which religious fanatics and police
men were participants, and during
which a hundred shots were fired
this afternoon resulted in the death
of Policeman A. 0. Dalbow, probable
fatal( injuries to four and slight in
juries to two other persons.
Those probably fatally injured are
John Sharp, known as "Adam Gad,"
as the preacher; Michael Mullane,
ta patrolman; Lola Pratt, 13 years
old, and Patrick Clark, a po'ice ser
geant. Harry E. Stege, a policeman,
and George M. Holt, a probation of
ficer, were also hurt. The trouble
occurred while the streets were
crowded. While the fight was in
progress the participants traversed
an entire block.
Probation Officer Holt, of the Ju
venile Court, today went to Fifth and.
Main streets, to investigate a case
of alleged abduction. Near that
corner he met John Sharp, known,
as "Adam God," who was exhorting
a crowd. With Sharp were A. J.
Selzer, and a woman and five chil
dren, ranging in age from 3 to 14
years. Holt did not like .the man
ner In which the woman attempted
to get money contributions from the
crowd, and he decided that she and'
her male companions were not proper
persons to have custody of young
children.
The woman announced that she
and "Adam God" would conduct
services at Poor Man's Mission to
night, whereupon she and her com
panions started toward the mission.
Officer Holt then inquired as to the
identity of the children. The woman
immediately assumed an attitude of
resentment and replied that the of
ficer "had beter /attend to 'his own
business."
"Adam God," who wears a long,
white beard and hair, threatened tho 1
officer. Officer Holt was not armed,
but stood his ground until "Adam
God" struck him a heavy blow be
hind the ear, with a pistol, making
an ugly wound. Holt then . started
for the police station for assistance.
As Holt moved away the preacher
tried to shoot him, but the ? cart
ridges failed to explode.
Officer Holt rushed into the police
station and announced that a band
of religious fanatics, armed to the
teeth, were at the threshold of tho
station, and he warned the officers
to prepare for trouble. The sergeanc
in charge ordered Patrolmen Charles
Dalbow and Harry E. Stege to arrest
Sharp and his followers. Sharp and
his companions were within fifty
yards of the police station when
the officers' stepped into the street.
The Sharpites gave evidence of fren
zy and, with profane abuse, they
served notice on all that they would
preach right "under the eaves of tho
police station and the police cannot
prevent us."
The officers did not, however, ex
pect serious trouble and were not
prepared for the volley of bullets
which met them after tbey appeared
on the scene. DaH>ow was killed
Instantly and a bullet passed
through Stege's arm. Other officers
hearing the firing, rushed into the
street and a general fight ensued
The officers refraiued from slnot
ing, for fear of endangering the
lives of innocent people.
Lieutenant Clark, who had com?
into the street unarmed, was shot
in the eye, and Patrolman Mullane
was shot in the back as he hurried
into the police station for reinforce
ments.
In the meantime a riot call
brought policemen from all direc
tions. Thoroughly aroused, the of-,
ficers closed in on Sharp and his fol
lowers, firing as they went. When
the firing ceased "Adam God" lay
fatally shot through the head and
body.
It was later learned that Sharp'*
male companions was Louis Pratt,
father of the five children. Pratt
was arrested uninjured. The woman
and the children fled to a house
boat, in which they lived on the
Missouri river. Fifty policemen fol
lowed them, and found the woman
had barricaded hersi If in the house
boat. Standing on the boat with a
shotuun, she shouted to the officers:
"Corao od, you fiends." The boat
was only a few feet from the bam
of the river and several officers
dashed toward it. The woman
dropped her weapon, and seizing two
of the children sprang into a boat
and began to row into the. middle
of the river. The offic rs called ?>
her to stop, but she only plied the
oars more vigorously. The police
men fired a volley at the boat. One
shot struck Lola Pratt, tearing away
the greater part of the child's
face. She died later.
The woman then surrendered.
At the police station she said that
she was Mrs. Pratt, wife of the com
panion of "Adam God," and mother
of the wounded child.

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